First, we tried 100% pure merino wool—it was dense, soft to the touch, and looked great with our desk collection. But it’s also very expensive. Over the next couple of months we tested alternative felts to see if we could reduce the price. Unfortunately, all the synthetic and combination felts that we tested were noticeably rougher to touch. The fibers weren’t as fine, and they didn’t pack as densely as pure wool felt. The desk pad is something that you’ll touch a lot—to get the right texture and quality, 100% merino wool was the only option.